24 April 2019
This is in line with the film “Yesterday “, but I have sometimes wondered whether the Beatles would be as popular today as they were in the 60’s. Or, a related question, whether — as “Yesterday ” posits — anyone (not just the Fab Four) who came up with the same songs would receive international acclaim on the basis of the songs themselves.
So I guess this is two questions:
- If the Beatles were a contemporary band (circa 2021) and recorded the exact same songs, would they be as popular as the real Beatles were in the 1960’s?
- Would anyone today — e.g., some random four-piece from, say, Gary, Indiana — with the exact same song catalog receive the same worldwide acclaim as the Beatles did, strictly on the basis of the songs?
1 May 2011
Today’s music is because of The Beatles so you cannot take them out of the 60’s and implant them directly into now and compare. There were too many events due to their timings that created, influenced and affected the Beatles and vice versa.
As for the songs. Many would still be classics but there was more to the Beatles than just the songs to get them to be able to create the tracks in the studio. All four also contributed the songs and that goes back to the above. You can argue that ‘Hey Jude ‘ wouldn’t exist unless Cynthia, Yoko, Julian and John were involved to spur Paul to write it and that creates a whole web of tangles that need to be in place.
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